OPPO BDP-80 Blu-ray Player Also Handles SACD, DVD-Audio

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Blu-ray is still struggling to gain widespread support by consumers, but it's safe to say the format has a future. If things like Hulu continue to dominate, that future may be short-lived, but it's a future nonetheless. OPPO is looking to deliver somewhat of a futureproof home entertainment deck in the BDP-80. Not only is it a Blu-ray Disc player, but it's also a DVD-Audio/Video player a Super Audio CD (SACD) player and an HDCP player.

It's pretty much the jack of all trades when it comes to home entertainment, as there is hardly a disc/format out there that this one can't handle. It's also supports full 1080p output, an HDMI 1.3 port, an assortment of legacy ports, 7.1-channel audio support and support for lossless audio (Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio). There's also 1GB of internal memory for BD-Live use, and the integrated USB 2.0 ports allow external sources and media to be easily connected.

It's available to order today for $289, which is about as much as you'd pay for a big label Blu-ray player that can't do any of those other formats.




OPPO Releases New BDP-80 Blu-ray Disc Player

 

BDP-80 is the digital transport of choice for Blu-ray, DVD-Audio/Video, Super Audio CD and more.

 

Mountain View, Calif.January 25, 2010 – OPPO Digital (www.oppodigital.com) announced today the release of a new high-performance Blu-ray Disc player, model number BDP-80. 

 

The new BDP-80 is a full-featured universal Blu-ray Disc™ player that supports BD Profile 2.0 (BD-Live and BonusView), DVD-Video, DVD-Audio,Super Audio CD (SACD), HDCD, CD and other popular media formats such asAVCHD, MKV video files, digital photos and music.  Sharing the same decoder and similarly optimized firmware as OPPO’s award-winning BDP-83, the BDP-80 features fast disc load times, quick response to user operations, and robust audio and video controls.  In contrast to the BDP-83, which utilizes an onboard VRS by Anchor Bay video processor, the BDP-80 design has been optimized for use as a digital audio/video transport, emphasizing the accuracy of its digital audio/video outputs.  At the same time, the BDP-80 is versatile enough to be used as a stand-alone universal Blu-ray player, thanks to its full array of output connections and audio/video decoding capabilities.

 

For video,the BDP-80 features an HDMI 1.3 port that supports 1080p Full HD, 1080p24Hz, Deep Color and Source Direct modes.  Component video, S-Video andComposite video connections are also available for legacy analog displays.  In addition to its faithful reproduction of high-definition pictures on Blu-ray Discs, the player can up-convert DVD from standard definition up to 1080p to maximize DVD picture quality.  Its “Source Direct” output mode makes the BDP-80 incredibly well suited as a digital transport to feedinto an external video processor, a high-end A/V receiver or displaydevice with built-in video processing. Unique features such as subtitleshift and vertical stretch zoom mode makes the player an ideal sourcecomponent for home theaters with 2.35:1 CIH (Constant Image Height)displays.

 

For audio,the BDP-80 supports internal decoding and bitstream output of thelatest sound formats including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master audio.  The BDP-80 also features a configurable 7.1-channel analog output that can be set as 7.1-channel, 5.1-channel, or stereo.  When playing SACD, the BDP-80 can output DSD (Direct Stream Digital) over HDMI in its native format or convert it into high-resolution PCM. For compatibility with many legacy A/V receivers and DACs, the BDP-80also provides an optical and coaxial digital audio output.

 

The initial setup of the BDP-80 is a breeze with its Easy Setup Wizard and well-written manual. Setup menus on the player can be accessed without interruption to disc playback.  The front and back USB2.0 ports enable easy access to music, photo and video files.  TheBDP-80 comes standard with 1GB of internal storage built-in so that noadditional memory card or flash drive is needed to use BD-Live andBonusView features.  Featuring a brushed metallic front panel anddimmable display, the BDP-80 fits nicely in any home theater environment, ranging from simple to high-end. 

 

Available for a suggested retail price of $289, the BDP-80 can be ordered directly from the OPPO Digital web site at www.oppodigital.com or from authorized resellers.

 

About OPPO Digital, Inc.

 

Based in the heart of Silicon Valley,OPPO Digital designs and markets high quality digital electronics thatdeliver style, performance, innovation, and value to A/V enthusiastsand savvy consumers alike. The company's attention to core productperformance and strong customer focus distinguishes it from traditional consumer-electronics brands. More information can be found online at www.oppodigital.com.

 


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jazluvr replied on Mon, Jan 25 2010 5:10 PM

I bought their oppo 981 upconvert player, and i paid the full $230 for it on amazon. i was pretty dissapointed to be honest with you. it doesn't convert good standard dvd's to 1080p like they said it does. It doesn't even look as good as 1080i. My Lord of the Rings collection, to which tthe reviews said this thing especially did well with was mediocre.

The faces were a bit fat and other slight distortions dissapointed me. Furthermore, my cd's sound aweful on it. My old Sony dvd player made cd's sound a LOT better than this did. I hope they did a better job with this than they did advertising the 981 as one of, if not the best upconvert players. I have a denon 3808ci, Paradigm 9se's mains, focus v3 surrounds, and a paradigm cc370 v3 center. 

I have a samsung ln40a530, which is a nice tv. Not the top of the line, but it's still a very nice tv and hi-def cable with a nice hdmi cord look great. And home theatre sounds awesome. Movies do sound good thru the 981, but that's about the nicest thing i can say about it. Wish i spent less on a panasonic that everybody was raving about back then....forgot what model. 

 

I'm in the market for a blu-ray player, and noticed oppo dropped the price from $500, unless it's a different model. But i don't think I'll be buying it. I hear Panasonic is doing this rather well these days. Kinda surprised about it.

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I just visited oppo's site to see what's up with the line up, and this is a lesser model of the 1st one they made, which is still going for $500, and probably will for a very long time. The prices didn't drop for the 981 upconvert for a very long time, so i just went ahead and bought it.

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I looked up the reviews for the OPPO BDP-83 on Amazon, it's very highly rated. This company looks legit.

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jazluvr replied on Tue, Jan 26 2010 1:01 PM

The reviews on Amazon is why and where i bought the oppo981. and the company is legit. I called them up a couple times because they player wasn't performing like they said it would, and they offered different settings, but that's it. It didn't help. They exgarate, just like a lot of companies do. That is my experience with them.

I used the player about 10 times, trying to get that effect they claim it can produce, but no matter what, i couldn't get it to look great, like 1080p. It even fools my tv, which, when i hit the "info" button, it says it's displaying in 1080p, but it doesn't even look as good as 1080i, or 720p, nevermind 1080p.

I don't know why everybody was giving this thing such great revues. There is NO upconvert player that can reproduce 1080p like they say they can. It's impossible.

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Jan 26 2010 5:08 PM

I still don't understand why Bluray is priced so high. It would seem to me if they at least split the price difference between a normal DVD and BR they would make more money in volume of sales.

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